Since his rearrest on 15 July 2015, Lauri Love has been under threat of extradition to the United States. The extradition treaty between the US and the UK has become extraordinarily controversial in recent years, particularly in computer crimes cases, and for good reason. Lauri has reason to believe that he cannot receive a fair trial in the US. The experience of defendants in similar cases in the United States – some of whom are also beneficiaries of the Courage Foundation – provides a consistent picture of politically motivated prosecutorial overreach, restricted ability to prepare an adequate defence and discriminatory treatment in prison, including frequent resort to solitary confinement.
Features of Lauri’s case already show that these concerns are justified. They also suggest a coordination between UK and US prosecutors that undermine protections brought in for UK citizens after other highly controversial attempts to extradite alleged computer crime defendants.
Lauri’s extradition case was heard on 28-29 June and 25 July 2016 at Westminster Magistrate’s Court. You can review Courage’s live coverage of the first, second and third days of the extradition hearing.
On 16 September, District Judge Nina Tempia ruled in favor of Lauri’s extradition, passing the case on to Home Secretary Amber Rudd. If Rudd approves extradition as well, Love can appeal the decision to the High Court.
His extradition is not a foregone conclusion; concerted campaigns for Gary McKinnon and Richard O’Dwyer led to US extradition requests being refused. Find out more about why extraditing Lauri Love would be unjust, the threats he faces in the United States and what you can do to prevent this happening.